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Paras Prasad honored by Brazilian university

02 August 2017

Paras Prasad
Paras Prasad

In a ceremony 6 July in Recife, Brazil, SPIE Fellow and 2016 SPIE Gold Medal recipient Paras Prasad accepted an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). The honor recognizes a 19-year ongoing partnership that Prasad, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, and Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), formed with the Brazilian university.

At UB, Prasad also holds the Samuel P. Capen chair of chemistry and is the founder and director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB). Established in 1999, the ILPB brings together a multidisciplinary faculty from medicine, engineering, physics, and chemistry to focus on research and development involving photonics. For his many outstanding scholarly achievements, humanitarian acts, and major contributions in the development of the university, UB awarded Prasad the 2016 President's Medal.

Prasad is equally active in the Society. While he was recognized as a Fellow of the Society in 2005, Prasad has been an SPIE Member for more than 30 years. He has developed and taught courses for SPIE in biophotonics and nanomedicine. He has chaired the nano/biophotonics track at BiOS (Photonics West) and presented numerous plenary, keynote, and invited lectures at SPIE conferences. For his three decades of service and numerous other pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biophotonics, and their application to nanomedicine, Prasad was named the 2016 recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal.

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